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some gulag of our times. the fallout from mass surveillance revelations forces u.k. intelligence chiefs to make a televised public appearance to your testimonies are expected to progress on damage from the leaks and not the scale of their spying activities. we report from guantanamo bay detention center and how guards keep up morale while former inmate describes the tailor made torture to constrain the prisoners. at the sochi twenty fourteen olympic torch relay goes into orbit to take the iconic symbol for its first ever space walk.
this is actually coming to you live from moscow with me marina josh. heart of the heels of american intelligence bosses trying to justify mass surveillance it's time for british spy chiefs to face a grilling has of the three who came teligent agencies are about to make an unprecedented public appearance to explain their spy operations aren't you sir first takes a look at what to expect. for the first time you're going to have the three heads of britain's spy agencies in the same room being questioned by m.p.'s now that's part of the session this is going to be broadcast by satellite link it's going to be live but there will be a short time delay just in case any things revealed that could be considered a threat to national security so who exactly do we have in these hot seat so we've got so elope and the director of g c h q and parker he's the director general of m i five and we've got john soyuz who is the six chief
now they are going to face questions from the intelligence and security committee. as part of an inquiry into the oversight of u.k. intelligence agencies following concerns about the scale of mass surveillance that of course coming of the edward snowden revelations now what you're not going to hear because this is a public session is details of only going intelligence operations and their techniques so it's unlikely for example that you'll hear any mention of project tempore that of course being the secret program to do with the gathering of web and . now this is going to be of course widely scrutinized by people who are watching it's the first sign it's happened but this is really going to rest of what exactly is. now according to the snowden leaks you can intelligence was able to monitor up
to six hundred million communications every day they weren't the only ones who had access to them eight hundred fifty thousand and three employees and private u.s. contractors could also dig into u.k. databases and as guided you can explains britain wasn't alone in helping washington keep an eye on the world. intelligence services of five english speaking countries have joint resources to spy on the whole world the u.s. is the most resourceful its closest ties are with britain's jussi h.q. but canada australia new zealand are also contributing australia backs up washington by keeping tabs on asian countries from the documents leaked by edward snowden who learned that. embassies across asia pacific host highly sensitive intelligence blocked from program as part of the five eyes network it's not just terrorists that the five eyes are looking for a former australian intelligence officer privy to the program said the main focus
is political diplomatic and economic intelligence most recently the east timorese government complained publicly about australian spying during negotiations on the future of the timor gap oil and gas reserves canada two is interested in natural resources and is accused of actively spying on south america edward snowden revealed that canada with the help of the n.s.a. hacked into the brazilian ministry of energy and mines he also exposed that the u.s. has been spying on brazil's national oil company edward snowden revealed some details of how the five guys operate but even before intelligence officials made no secret of their quote unquote orwellian cooperation i met yesterday with our five guys colleagues and one of them. offered up the term that pop is become popular and his countries australia call it the efficiency dividend which is . the orwellian euphemism for cuts. for these intelligence
services it looks like a give and take relationship a two way street or should i say a five way street in washington i'm going to a second party. now most x. per to grieve intelligence bosses are unlikely to find themselves in hot water on like the journalists who are. documents let's not take a look at adverts the british government has made to plug the leaks well back in july the offices of the guardian newspaper which had some of the files were raided by agents and hard drives were destroyed and months later david miranda partner a former guardian journalist glenn greenwald was detained for nine hours at heathrow airport he was in transit between berlin and after meeting a filmmaker who was involved in breaking the leaks well the man is challenging his attention through the courts although british authorities insist moran his actions constituted terrorism and finally last month prime minister david cameron
threatened publishers of intelligence leaks with legal action. now we'll be talking we'll be discussing the implications of all of this a little bit later in the program with an expert in the meantime like to remind you that you're watching r t coming to you live from moscow and later in the program japan is braced for the most dangerous operation at the crippled fukushima nuclear power plant since the two thousand and eleven meltdown and our t. crew is monitoring events there. plus nuclear negotiations with iran kick off in geneva with guarded optimism later in the program we'll speak live with a spokesman for the top diplomat who chairs the talks. this week saw the white house promising yet again to shut down one of the most notorious prisons on the planet guantanamo bay that was one of barack obama's key campaign pledges before he was first elected president five years on there are still no
trials on the horizon for most of the inmates continues its series of reports from the facility. despite misconceptions give lho is not just a geo to be or not to be shot it's also a forty five square mile military base with no plans of going anywhere full of signs of the stablished american life it is a navy base and we just happened to have camps in here home to the only mcdonalds on cuban soil a subway sandwich shop a starbucks and a taco bell you got busted vested financial interests that you go to starbucks and . all these other places that help to set up a logistical support for the troops that are all over the there are about five and a half thousand people living and working on the base roughly half serve the actual detention center the us government has been leasing this territory since one thousand nine hundred three for just over forty five hundred dollars curiously that is still the price today but it's said that the cuban government has been refusing
to accept this money for decades the castro government said you know we don't want this lease anymore in the united states' position was that it's a binding lease and in the lease it actually says that it can't be broken unless both sides both countries agree to that that strikes me as a very odd contract server and territory that the u.s. has occupied against cuba's wishes since one thousand fifty nine most officers come here for short term of up to nine months or longer deployment of two to three years far from home life isn't put on hold and you can't date certain people wait and certainly have if it's a weird thing you're like rank system then you're allowed to there's the downtown lyceum and open air movie theater playing all the hottest hollywood blockbusters and it ticky bar to let loose after a hard day's work even though most say schedules aren't that intense anyway we actually get quite a bit of time off like a decent man and we go to the beach and of your eyes are active things for people
to do m w r stands for morale welfare and recreation. almost every sport known to man is available to team get on state of the art facilities. i love it it's a lot of people think there's not much to do but there's definitely an abundance to do. being in a remote location doesn't even have to affect eating habits and all you can eat lunch cost just under five bucks and breakfast is half that price a downside though information or lack thereof or just has to be a lot of the t.v. programs broadcasting here are army focused. and internet is almost nonexistent the base dubbed no stream a stand by some soldiers even so we're told those serving here are banned from looking at websites like wiki leaks for example once classified always classified. even if the information has long been made public there are other strict regulations in place too fun fact about guantanamo apparently a life of an costs here a little more than a life of
a detainee if you run one of these babies over the fine is ten thousand dollars. there's a very strict speed limit in guantanamo and it's a very slow speed limit and people say that that's that's all about the quantised somewhat ironic at a place marred by human rights scandals officials make a point of showing journalists how well prisoners two are kept and thirteen here were now in a typical cell for a compliant detainee at guantanamo they would be allowed to eat books have a two piece here some head and shoulders shampoo the less compliant ones have to wear the orange uniforms and get only two books at a time because go to the other side so you can see the books detainees can't come in here but the prisoner library lovingly displays the best of their art for t.v. crews to see a lot of pre-selected books to avoid certain topics violence sexual military religious stuff controversy shelves packed with magazines d.v.d.'s and video games
plenty of ways for legit prisoners of war to pass the indefinite time they're kept here without charges and party guantanamo bay cuba now david hicks served five years in one time until he agreed to plead guilty his lawyers say that was his only option to get out the man himself told us about the broad range of torture techniques the guards use to break prisoners down. for a simple. what sylvan everyone else was tortured on our on a daily basis of minutes from typical physical beatings all right and you saw the logical ploys there was medical experimentation that was there is scary to be subjected to we were forced to take your injections or. what those were did not tell us or the reasons i would constantly change your refuse to injections of
the pills. and they sent in this squad who would beat them to your bones of broken if they're in cells or cages at cement floors once to the time he was beaten remove it or use hoses and scrubbing brush is to remove the blood from the cement floor and he could watch our reports from behind the camps walls including conversations with inmates and their lawyers online log onto r.t. dot com for our special coverage. now let's go back to our top story the fallout from a master valence revelations in the u.k. we can discuss this further with paul burrell who lectures on id and media law the university of his angler in the u.k. thank you so much paul for joining us here to discuss this well you know ek intelligence chief at this point to say that the snowden revelations were damaging and as a result of this the public is feeling less safe is this really the case. i
don't think they have any evidence to suggest it's really the case though they would like to put the case forward right now we don't really know first of all what's actually been happening secondly what the public really thinks about it because the debate really has hardly started and that's i hope what we're going to begin with this afternoon when the intelligence and security committee meets in public well kind of in public for the first time but what do you actually made of it is a meeting of this upcoming hearing in parliament do you think that it will become a platform sort of to our you know can down mass surveillance or rather justify it . i think the latter is more likely at least that's how the committee will try to use it it's going to be an opportunity in some ways for the heads of g c h q of m i five and m i six to say look everything we're doing is fine you don't need to worry everything's ok but i don't think that what people really think and in particular it will be interesting to see how the committee itself presents itself because in
the last year or so not only have we had the revelations of the of the mass surveillance but we've had an attempt to pass a law in the u.k. which would enable mass surveillance and part of what happened was they said we need to be able to do this in order to deal with problems and then when it turned out because of the revelations that they were actually doing it anyway there's a great deal of embarrassment because some of parliament was clearly told less than the whole truth by the intelligence services they said we need to be able to do this when in fact they were already doing this and they were already doing a you know on a major scale now look at this massive outrage i mean everywhere in the war right now so do you think it's likely to be taken on board by intelligence chiefs somehow and lead to say more control of intelligence activities. it's very hard to tell in the u.k. because we have probably less outrage here than they have in most places we still
have a sense here that we put a great deal of trust in our intelligence services much more so than it appears to be the case in the u.s. for example. i don't know how the intelligence services will react i would say that right now they're trying to manage the situation they're trying to make sure that people aren't alarmed by what's going on when it seems as though they probably are alarmed by what's going on and when there are stories like this morning story from tim's book tim berners lee one of the inventors really of the way the internet works tony he said that it's outrageous that the way that encryption programs have been subverted in undermined by the security services and i think there's a large swell of support from people who understand the technology that really what's going on is not acceptable and that the impact of it has not really properly been addressed by a pub or now lecturing media why the university of east anglia an advocate for privacy and human rights is joining us live from the u.k.
thank you so much. and more news after the break don't go away. are you willing to engage yourself in a debate when you would be pressing not only of war legalisation of cannabis in our land but can pay me for the abolishment of those punishments and say united arab emirates well look at what their own situation here first and we've seen with the countries easiest to solve with the countries that you mentioned there it's an even bigger problem and i would be opinion of the opinion that she's actually human rights to consume what you want so long as it isn't hamming older so this is actually a bigger issue i think kind of this is about the sulfur in chief that i have over my own body.
and. you're watching r t how words of guarded optimism over iran's nuclear crisis solution are once again heard in geneva where a fresh round of talks between tehran and six world powers have just got underway officials say an outline of a long awaited deal is emerging world powers are offering a partial easing of sanctions if iran freezes some parts of its nuclear program well to talk about this i'm now joined live from geneva by michael mann the spokesman for the e.u. foreign affairs chief catherine ashton chairs the nuclear talks thank you so much
mr mann for joining us today here on r t to talk in more detail about what's happening between. running europe so catherine ashton as we know already met with the iranian foreign minister tell us what happened during this meeting has anything specific been reached during their talk. well it's early days really the talks kicked off this morning with a bilateral breakfast between catherine ashton and minister zarif just to discuss the day's business and then they had a first plenary session which was chaired jointly by ashton and serif and now they've broken up into different format so they can have a series of different meetings during the course they often in some bilateral some technical reasons to try and move things forward there's a little bit too early to say that solid progress progress has been made but we've come here to make concrete progress i'm not going to go into the details of what's being discussed because we really want to keep this in the negotiating room to really focus on the substance but that the signs are good in the fact that we are getting into the detail in a way that's really never happened before under the previous iranian government
well i know it is still early days to talk about you know the specifics as you just said but could you perhaps give us a sneak preview of what we could expect. again it's a bit difficult to look into my crystal ball and make predictions because this is a and i last stick a sort of dynamic negotiation process clearly the end result but we the international community we need and want to achieve is that iran proves to us and reassures us verifiably that they are surely interested in a peaceful nuclear program and they do not have any interest at all in a military program that will be a certain way down the road because this is a negotiation yes but what do we have of that. well i mean that is all going to be part of an agreement if and when there is an agreement what will need to happen is that they will not only have to pledge to do things but they will have to prove it mainly through independent inspection of course we have the international atomic energy agency which is already doing work in iran to try and
verify the nature of its nuclear program and their role would obviously be very important so they would be not only to tell us that they plan to do so. i mean that they need to actually prove that they've done it before we could really be guaranteed that they were going along with the world. well you know it's interesting for all of us you know following the progression of talks between iran and the western leaders now that iran's foreign minister muhammad. quoted as saying that the deal was within reach so how close is it really i mean we are hearing that but do give us some perhaps concrete information at this point i mean as much as you can of course. i'm having to be all the courses obviously because the negotiations are going on in the in the negotiating room but you know we have come here to do serious business to make concrete progress the iranians have expressed the wish to do the same so what we hope is that they will follow up their words the good words with good deeds in the negotiation room they have to make a certain number of undertakings and guarantees this is about the iranian nuclear
program where the international community has justified concerns so they have to make that step and really you know agree to do certain things that the international community is demanding for example it's all about the enrichment of uranium which is currently being and reached in iran to a level which is not necessary for a peaceful nuclear program therefore there are some things that they have to do of course this is a negotiation so both sides have to be flexible but the the first step really needs to come from the iranian side well you know speaking of the iranian side. now this saying this is the second round of talks since the election of iran's new president hassan rouhani who is seen by many as a moderate of course out what is your feel here i mean has there been a significant change in iran's approach to the nuclear program since he came to power. there has been a big change we've had a number of rounds of negotiations under the former government with the former chief negotiator so you jelly we spoke for an awful long time and we didn't really
get into the substance there was a lot of sort of delaying and talking around the issues now since. the new government came and since mr zarif became the chief negotiator they have been really on the charm offensive really going out and telling the world that they all change and they do want to make progress on this dossier but last time we met in geneva a few weeks ago that really was the first time that we got into real detail about the substance of the issues so there has been a change in attitude there's also been a change in substance so we're just hoping that that can be continued we had some technical talks last week in vienna to try and move things forward and now we're back in geneva with all discussions and you know we are we are very hopeful but they are serious about it as they say they are because we certainly are yeah well mr mann before we let you go i just like to ask you one more question when there is two parties talking there is of course another one involved and that is israel in this context for example it's a close ally of the e.u. and the u.s. in particular and it seems to think dad's the agreement pending now is
a bad deal so to what extent is israel's harsh position taken into consideration during these talks very briefly concern. this is a discussion about the iranian nuclear program but of course we're serious about doing a good job and making sure that the deal that is done is a watertight deal. all right thank you so much i'm michael mann spokesman for the e.u. foreign affairs chief catherine ashton talking to us here on r.t. . and online that we've got the story of how israel is using the twitter tag stop charm offensive to put across the message that iran's diplomatic efforts are merely after assad. and. is the trial over an acid attack on the bolshoi theater as artistic director continues the victim speaks about the assault and demands almost one hundred thousand dollars in compensation had to r.t. dot com for that story and more. a russian
so you spacecraft carrying the sochi two thousand and fourteen olympic torch has now a dog where the international space station the rocket took off this morning from the baikonur cosmodrome in kazakstan spotted martin andrus was there for liftoff and he brings us more on what's in store for the iconic symbol of the olympics after it's taken on board the isis. back you. see the mechanical capture and contact and capture confirmed docking confirmed for twenty seven am central time and now the crew and symbol of the upcoming winter games have met on the international space station cosmonauts all i cut off and so i go to sun scheme will take the modified torch on a space walk roughly four hundred kilometers above fully docked with the current crew this will only be the second time in the isis history the three soyuz spacecraft a nine crew members have been aboard the la complex at the same time millions will
watch as the torch makes history safety and physics mean they call like the torch in space the design has also been changed so it can't fly away because it wouldn't make much sense everyone knows there can be no flame in outer space as nothing burns there and it doesn't make sense to fake it after circling the planet several times that to which will come back to earth with the three return include members on the eleventh of november to continue its record breaking relay with the world's attention on this historical moment it's a nervous time for everyone involved. need to prepare psychologically because you can't just before this work mechanically as some routine job after all we are dealing with a symbol him if you will of it's always good to see countries working together for the better of everybody on the planet so in a small way i think it's great that we are in this to the international space
station which is another presentation of international cooperation over the coming weeks thousands of torchbearers will join the live we like across sixty five thousand kilometers of terrain covering all eighty three regions of russia once complete it will be the longest really in the history of the winter olympics which will culminate in the opening ceremony of the games in sochi by the black sea february seventh in the meantime dylan picked torch meets the final frontier. but here we are. a moment that promises to be truly out of this world wants them to use ati baikonur and will of course fall the olympic torch a space odyssey as the hatches are open later this hour of course our team will be bringing you this story spacewalk itself live on saturday and world apart is next.
illegal immigration is a hot topic and everyone always says that immigrants do the work that no one wants to do well let me explain why that is i would occur just on vacation got into a taxi drawn by a former migrant worker who used to make a living in moscow he told me that he really worked hard driving unloading trucks after five years he came back home and bought a house yes from the seller that russians can't even survive and he was able to buy a house employers and russian america say that locals don't want to work are demotivated well want to margaret work or on a salary that could build a bright future one compared to a local who can't even make ends meet while you could see why the market workers are a lot more motivated let me put it to you this way if you knew that you had to work five hard years of some awful labor under awful conditions somewhere far away like brazil or germany what would be able to pay off a house would you do it i think you would let's not buy into this myth that locals and country x.
don't want to work they just don't want to work in complete futility for table scraps but the shust my opinion. hello and welcome to well the part has been and notable warming up in polls today cannabis legalization in recent decades even though governments in the world are not really a rational to follow through on that will our land become the next to criminalize mary j. well to discuss that i'm now i'm joined by luke. and member of the irish parliament and a long time supporter such mr flanagan thank you very much for your time i know that you've been. complaining for cannabis legalization pretty much throughout your political career but most recently it seems that there is
a real momentum towards that not just in our land but also but in much of around the western world why do you think that is why i think at this stage the vast majority of people in the western world have worked. the criminalization of cannabis users is not working and in our it is estimated that there are up to two hundred fifty thousand people who use cannabis every year there are one hundred thousand people who have ended up with a criminal record for possession as a result of this and at this stage i think people have worked out that the current strategy is not working it's leaving money in the hands of the criminals and it's actually making cannabis a far more dangerous substance now i know that you recently introduced a bill on the cannabis legalization to the dole the irish parliament and some of your fellow m.p.'s have been pretty skeptical some are even openly critical of such a proposal with all the aware.